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Posted by  ·  August 19, 2009  ·  Last Updated: August 19, 2009

Furoshiki  is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for gift wrapping.  I am totally taken with this method for wrapping gifts.  It is not only beautiful but also eco friendly.


My sister-in-law loves wrapping gifts so for her birthday I ordered an advance copy of the book, Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps. I packaged the order slip like this with a Furoshiki cloth I made for her.


The book arrived and it is fabulous.


I think it is the best book I have seen on the subject.  The pictures are beautiful and the instructions and illustrations are easy to follow and understand!


There are so many styles I want to try!


Tips for making your own Furoshiki cloth

  • The fabric cloths are usually square.  A standard size is 28″ X 28″. You will need a larger cloth for some techniques.
  • Hem the edges of the fabric or simply cut with pinking shears to save time and keep the edges from un-raveling. I used the technique for making square corner cloth napkins to finish off my wrap.
  • If you don’t want to make your own cloth Jenn Playford has a line of cloths called Furochic.

How to use your Furoshiki Cloth

Download a handy Illustrated Furoshiki Guide from the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan.

See Jenn, the author of Wrapagami, explain how to use Furoshiki.

Furochic Bouquet Wrap

Furochic Double Book Wrap

Furochic Handbag Wrap

Furochic Cushion Wrap

Furochic Basic Wrap

Furochic Double Bottle Wrap

Furochic Box Wrap

Furochic Kangaroo Wrap

The book is a must! Happy wrapping!

Filed Under: Gift Wrapping Ideas

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  1. Sarah
    Friday, March 24th, 2017
    I was wondering if this could be achieved by making wraps out of large crocheted squares? Or does the fabric have to be silky?

    Thank you
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
      I think it would need to be thinner than something crocheted. What about using the fabric but crocheting a tie for embellishment.
  2. Diane
    Thursday, December 18th, 2014
    I love Furoshiki, I have many and rotate them with my 2 sisters. And use at home with my family each year over and over again. I read somewhere that there is 5 tons of waste in the US created during the holidays each year. Furoshiki is a great way to stop the wasteful gift wrapping paper. In Japan they are also trying to stop the wasteful disposable chopsticks at the restaurants so people are carrying their own when they go out to eat, so they make fabric chopstick holders to carry them around. Very smart, they can wash the holders as needed since they are fabric. Furoshiki can be made into bags, so you can carry your groceries using them, at my grocery store they pay us for not using the plastic bags, a couple of pennies or so, but is something.
  3. Brooke
    Thursday, April 24th, 2014
    Where do you get all of your fabrics? Do you just get them at Hobby Lobby type places?
    • Thursday, April 24th, 2014
      Hi Brooke, I buy them all over....Hobby Lobby,JoAnn's and small independent fabric stores. Hope this helps. If you see a particular fabric I have used just ask and I will see if I can remember where I got it. Thanks!
  4. Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
    Thanks for posting all the videos.
  5. Bruna
    Friday, November 25th, 2011
    These wraps are insane, I love it! Thanks! :)
  6. K
    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
    I have done this for my kids birthdays and they loved it! I used the file from the government of Japan and some silk scarves I had dyed with kool-aid (that the kids normally play with). I love cute wrapping paper, but I hate throwing it all out! Now I want that book. :)
  7. Thursday, October 15th, 2009
    Thanks so much for sharing this! I am in love with the idea.

  8. Saturday, September 26th, 2009
    Thanks, always wondered how this was done.
  9. Saturday, September 12th, 2009
    I love this idea. I am going to link back to your post on my blog. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Jenny
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    Thank you, sweet sister-in-law, for feeding my wrapping (paper, cloth) addiction - yes, you know me well! Boy, I do love this book! It is so fun, beautiful and eco-friendly. xox
  11. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    I watch Japanese anime a lot, and these little packages remind me of the little lunches that the characters are always carrying :) Also this is perfect for the quilt I'll have to sent off soon :)
  12. gridl
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    thank you so much for sharing!!
  13. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    what a cool idea, specially for a fabric addict!
  14. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    I love this idea, especially since they can be reused!
  15. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    I LOVE IT!!!
  16. Cláudia Castro
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    Adorei a dica!!!muito criativo mesmo....
  17. PURRLL
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
  18. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    This is pretty cool.
  19. gemgirl
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    This is a wonderful way to wrap. it is explained so nicely. I wonder if you could give us a pronunciation of the words? I know nothing about the Japanese language.
  20. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    Oh wow! I'm wrapping everything! Thank you so much for explaining! This book is great!